Paramount to Remake 80s Sci-Fi Film Explorers


A remake of 1980s science-fiction adventure film Explorers is being planned by Paramount, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed.

Released in 1985, the original movie marked the feature film debut of both Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix, and told the story of three teenagers who work together to build their own spaceship. The third boy was played by Jason Presson (Gremlins 2: The New Batch). If the kid-centred sci-fi seems to have something of a Spielberg vibe, it will come as no surprise that its director, Joe Dante, worked with the Hollywood legend on Gremlins and Innerspace. Dante is also responsible for The Howling and Small Soldiers.

Despite the talent involved, Explorers flopped at the box office, due mainly to its shifted release date and the resulting rushed ending. This initial failure might make it seem an odd choice for a remake, but since its home video release, the film has been granted a kind of “second life”, and is now considered by many to be an 80s classic.

The new movie is being produced for Insurge Pictures, Paramount’s micro-budget label, by Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec, who co-wrote Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and the US version of Life on Mars. The script is being written by Geoff Moore and Dave Posamentier, the writer-directors behind Better Living Through Chemistry. According to THR, one insider source has mentioned that a potential template for this version could be found in Dean Israelite’s Welcome to Yesterday, a film about teenagers who create a time machine, which has impressed a number of studio executives.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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